In the first segment of this week's show, we feature a keynote talk given by Kevin Kumashiro, at the 3rd annual NYCoRE Conference. The conference was titled "Education is a Right! Not Just for the Rich or White!" and took place in New York City during March 2012.
In his talk, Kumashiro examines various problems within current education reform policies as well as four ways we can push back against education reform and reimagine change in public education. Kumashiro is a professor of Asian American Studies and Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the current president-elect of the National Association for Multicultural Education. His most recent book is titled Bad Teacher: How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture.
In the second segment, Education Radio producers Barbara Madeloni, Dani O'Brian and Tim Scott speak with William Watkins, a former high school teacher and a Professor of Curriculum & Instruction at the Univ. of Illinois Chicago College of Education. We spoke with professor Watkins, who is the editor of the 2011 book titled The Assault on Public Education: Confronting the Politics of Corporate School Reform. According to Pauline Lipman, one of the books contributors, "The purpose of the book is to try to get at what is behind the assault and what are the implications for public education, for democracy, for equity and justice - and what we can do about it."